Former President Barack Obama said Sunday that Republicans have “racked up enough indictments to field a football team” while campaigning in Gary, Indiana, for Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly ahead of the midterm elections on Tuesday.
“All right, so now they’ve had two years of total control in Washington,” Obama told the crowd, referring to President Donald Trump’s administration and Republicans who control both the Senate and House of Representatives. “What have they done with that power?”
“Nah, nah, nah, it’s not true. They haven’t done nothing. They’ve done something,” Obama responded to shouted answers from the crowd. “They promised they were going to take on corruption in Washington. Instead, they’ve racked up enough indictments to field a football team.”
“Nobody in my administration got indicted,” Obama said. “Which, by the way, is not that high a bar.”
Barack Obama: "Let's take a look at what they've been up to – they promised to take on corruption. Instead they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team." https://t.co/NILLbhk3rf pic.twitter.com/qabNxtQGdy
— The Hill (@thehill) November 5, 2018
As CNN notes:
California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins were both indicted in August on unrelated charges.
Four people connected to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopolous — have been charged, pleaded guilty, or have been convicted at trial as part of a special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and Trump associates, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.
In addition, Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, also pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts stemming from an investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, including tax evasion and campaign finance violations.